The ACWA Board of Directors, its officers and members would like to welcome you to the online home of the American Chuck Wagon Association, a 501.c.3 organization.
The American Chuck Wagon Association started out as a small group of Old West enthusiasts and has expanded to world wide association preserving the American past through competitions, demonstrations, charity and school events and other venues.
Our work is funded by sponsorships (see the power point presentation shown below-right); tax-free donations, honorariums and memorials
(We are a 501.c.3 organization);
cookbook, note card, t-shirt & cap sales in our General Store (go shopping), as well as membership dues.
For donations, honorariums and memorials, you may send a check to:
ACWA, 1723 East Tate Street, Brownfield, TX 79316 or call Nancy Sparks at (806)215-7851 with credit card information. For Honorariums and Memorials, please include the name of the person remembered/honored, and address for a thank you card.
Our youth are our future and the ACWA supports activities directly involving them. We encourage producers to offer youth
competition at their cook offs whenever possible. Many of our cooking crews include young people at the cook offs.
The Association also periodically honors an outstanding young cook with the Rookie of the Year award.
In addition, the ACWA offers scholarships (read more) to selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipients for the upcoming school year are Caleb Swanson from Canton, SD, and Chelsea Carter from Prairie Hill, TX. One of our recipients recently sent an update you may read here.
Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At one cook off, invitations were given to area schools to come on Friday. There were busloads coming and going a good portion of the day. The students were wonderful and the three host wagons enjoyed sharing their camps and telling a little about the history of the chuck wagon and the trail drives.
Want to take home some of that authentic, Old West taste and style? Now you can with ACWA Cookbooks, beautiful note cards and caps!
Many of our members offer catering services. Check out the link above to contact one of them about bringing some of the finest chuck wagon cooking to your next event.
I don't know about y'all, but I'm ready for some cooler weather. In talking with several ACWA members they are looking forward to the cooler weather and getting back into cooking as many of the wagons do catering. For information on some of the wagons that cater check out the advertisements located to the right of this article or under the Resource tab located at the top of the ACWA webpage.
So far in the first year of sanctioned cook offs we have 24 wagons from Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas qualified for the first ACWA Championship Cook Off. With two more Sanctioned Cook Offs we could see the numbers increase by another 6 wagons and possibly wagons from a few more States. To view a listing of who have qualified, just click on the ACWA Championship link on the ACWA home page.
The planning continues for the first ACWA Championship Cook Off starting on Thursday, March 30th with youth educational activities headed up by Wayne Calk and Steve Woods (two former school teachers). Wagon teams begin arriving and setting up on Thursday with wagon judging on Friday, March 31st. On Saturday, April 1st each team will prepare 51 meals. A dance and awards ceremony will be held Saturday night and everything ends on Sunday, April 2nd with Cowboy Church. There are still plenty of opportunities for ways for members to get involved. If you are interested in volunteering please reach out to one of the ACWA Board of Directors.
ACWA members should be receiving ballots for the open board positions. We are asking you to vote and get your ballots back to the Nominating Committee as soon as possible. The Nominating Committee will introduce the new board members at the ACWA Annual Meeting to be held November 5th at the Express Clydesdales Barn in Yukon, Oklahoma. More details on this meeting are listed below.
As ACWA grows the board is continually looking at ways to better assist the members. One of the items on the ACWA Annual Meeting's agenda will be a proposed By-Law amendment to create a Mid America Chapter representing the members in the States located in the middle portion of the country. With the addition of this chapter every State, except the States in the Northeast, would be represented through the Southeast, Mid America, Southwest or Northwest chapters. Each of the chapters elect a president and a vice president to represent their chapter on the monthly ACWA Board of Director's conference call. This allows each member in those States to have a voice speaking on their behalf to the ACWA board regarding recommendations for changes and/or concerns.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the ACWA Annual Meeting as Vice-President Sam Howell and ACWA member, Jack Ramey, have worked to put together several educational programs starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 5th , lunch for $10 per person, followed by an educational program and at 2:00 p.m. the ACWA business meeting. Be on the lookout for more detailed information to include the proposed by-law amendment(s) and the official agenda!
New Members? If you are interested in the trail drive era along with the mystique of the chuck wagon please check out our website! If you want to become a member of this fine association, simply click on the Member tab, fill out an application and join us!
"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." --Vidal Sassoon
Until next time, happy trails!
Ronnie Sexton2016 ACWA President
In 1996 at a chuck wagon competition in Amarillo, Texas, a small group of Old West enthusiasts and wagon masters talked about an
association. The mission would be to preserve the heritage of the chuck wagon and its use in the short, but significant, era of the cattle
drives. In 1997, in Bryson, Texas, by-laws and articles of operationwere adopted and the American Chuck Wagon Association was off and
running. Today there are members in 31 states, Canada, Germany and France.
In 2016, the original mission statement was revised and Sanctioning was approved. The revised mission statement reads as follows:
The mission statement of the American Chuck Wagon Association is to preserve the history of the Chuck Wagon Era by providing educational opportunities and events to diverse audiences of all ages while continuing to provide youth scholarships and support for wounded warriors.
Sanctioning information and forms can be found here.
Check out the Chuck Wagon Food Safety brochure here.
A big THANK YOU to Sheryl and Rex Wailes for their great hospitality at the Rendezvous. Around 40 people attended throughout the weekend. A good time was had by all.